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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Top 5 Best and Worst Things About Being A Writer || [BOOK BLITZ: Guest Post + Giveaway] Scratched by Marie Long

Happy book birthday to Scratched by Marie Long! Today (August 4th) is the release of the second book of her The Anderson Brothers series, although I believe this can be read as a standalone. I reviewed the first book, Scarred, so if you haven't read that yet, you might want to check that one, too. And to celebrate this new release, Xpresso Book Tours has organized a book blitz for Scratched! Yay! ^__^ Marie shared her top 5 best and worst things about being a writer and also graciously offered a giveaway for an iPod Shuffle + $15 iTunes Gift Card. Sweet! Oohh, I'm really jealous of the winner! But hold your horses, dearies, because I'm going to introduce you first to the book. Ready for some romance? ^__^


Author: Marie Long
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Book 2, The Anderson Brothers series
Published: August 4th 2015
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Twenty-four year old Kevin Anderson lost the opportunity to end his senior year at the University of Washington as the Huskies’ all-star point guard, and sought out one last opportunity to put his extraordinary basketball skills to use: by training for a chance at the pros.

But when he’s not on the court, Kevin has only two things in his life that gives him happiness: spinning records at the local clubs, and Trinity Brown.

Trinity attends almost every one of Kevin’s deejay gigs, but Kevin is uncertain if her love for him is genuine or a fangirl’s simple admiration. Kevin takes that chance and hopes that she will see beyond the celebrity persona. But when fall classes start up again, their busy schedules press their relationship.

Kevin doesn’t want to give up on her–on them. He hopes the happiness they had will rebound once more.

But when he learns the truth about Trinity, Kevin must decide if it is worth everything–and everyone–he cares about to save her, or forfeit this exhausting game of love.

Guest Post

Top 5 Best and Worst things about being a Writer

Photo credit: Dave Morrison Photography (creative commons by-nc-nd 2.0)


1. Unleashing your creativity
We’re free to write whatever we want, however we want. We rule the worlds in our minds and transfer it on paper to share with others. There’s no greater freedom than that of expression.

2. Working from home
Who wouldn’t want to be your own boss? When you’re a full-time writer, you can do just that. Set your own schedule, and work at your own pace. The best job ever.

3. Getting paid
This one’s obvious. Just the simple fact that you’re making money for doing what you love is awesome.

4. Gaining fans
Meeting other people who love your baby will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. And they will give you the motivation you need to keep on writing!

5. Holding the finished product in your hands
This is the greatest feeling of all. Doesn’t matter if it’s on an electronic reader or in physical paper form. Just holding all that hard work in your hands will give you that feeling of accomplishment.


1. Insecurity
Insecurity comes in many forms, but the most common for an author are financial and mental. Selling books is a gamble each and every month. One month, the book may be selling great. The next month, not so much. That continuous rollercoaster can drive anyone insane, especially when their livelihoods depend on it.

2. Lack of time
When you’re a full-time writer on a deadline, there’s very little time for much else. If you’re a writer with a family, then there is even less time for you to do much writing. Calendars and alarms will be your best friends, especially when you’re on a deadline.

3. Fear of rejection
Our books are our babies, and we want everyone to love our babies as much as we love them. But the reality is, not everyone will love our babies. The fear of the dreaded one-star review is always on our minds, even though there’s nothing we can do about it.

4. Emotional exhaustion
They say “too much of a good thing is bad”. Sometimes, that is the case for writing. We spend weeks or months working on the same project, we eventually get sick of it and need to take a break from it for a while. Try eating your favorite food every day for a month. That food will quickly go from ‘favorite’ to ‘disgusting’.

5. Little to no social life
The stigma of writers being holed away in a closet or basement isn’t too far off. Writers need their peace and quiet, free from distractions. Socializing has to be put on the back burner until the project is done.

Meet the Author

Marie Long is a novelist who enjoys the snowy weather, the mountains, and a cup of hot white chocolate. She’s an avid supporter of literacy movements like We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Marie has shared a fondness and interest in the New Adult genre since its popularity boom in 2009. And now, as both a reader, and debut RWA author of New Adult fiction, Marie dreams to keep this fascinating genre going strong.

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Blitz-wide giveaway (US/Canada)
iPod Shuffle
$15 iTunes Gift Card
ends August 13th

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What do you think about Marie Long's guest post today? Do you agree with her list or do you have anything else to add? Feel free to post your comments below. Or you could just send love to Marie and say hi! And don't forget to check out Scratched, okay? ^__^

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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